• 21
      Jul
      Drama Workshops Return for Term Three
      After the success of Semester One, Empire Youth Arts drama workshops are back again for Term Three. Classes begin on Wednesday, July 22 with four levels available to students, including Drama Starter for ages 7-9, Drama One for ages 10-12, Drama Two for ages 13-15 & Drama Plus for those 16 and above. Empire Youth Arts Facilitator Ari Palani said the addition of the Drama Starter option for...
    • 21
      Jul
      Queensland Symphony Orchestra Brings Movie Magic
      Bring the whole family, sit back and share the magic of classical music from the big screen with Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Movie Masterpieces on August 21. It’s hard to imagine great movies without their equally great soundtracks. Modern composers have set the tone for countless films, including John Williams for Star Wars and the Harry Potter series, or Ennio Morricone for The Mission fro...
    • 14
      Jul
      Musical Theatre Veteran Graces Empire Stage
       One of Australia’s most celebrated entertainers, Peter Cousens will take to the Empire Theatre stage on August 8 for show of musical theatre favourites. As the only Australian performer to have played The Phantom on London’s West End, Peter Cousen’s long and illustrious career will be celebrated in his newest show, My Musical Life. Singing the best of Peter Allen and Billy Joel as well as highli...
    • 14
      Jul
      Back to the Tivoli Entertains August Morning Melodies
      The Empire Theatres popular Morning Melodies returns on August 20, with the popular variety show, Back to the Tivoli hosted by Wayne Cornell. The show features four diverse and talented acts as well as the Tivoli Band and Tivoli Showgirls including incredible soprano Cassandra Seidaman. Joining her is magician Cody Harrington, comedian Liz Layton, and award winning country music duo Aubrey and...
    • 07
      Jul
      Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is back again!
       The Sydney Comedy Festival has hand-picked the funniest comedians from the 2015 festival and are hitting the road to bring an all-star comedy showcase to the Empire Theatre on Thursday 23 July. Boasting a line-up of the best local and international comics and showcasing some of the funniest and freshest emerging talents, you will be left sore from belly laughs due to this jam packed night of ...
    • 07
      Jul
      Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale Visits Armitage Centre
        Hypnosis like you have never seen it before will come to the Empire Theatres Armitage Centre with The Matt Hale Comedy Hypnosis Show on Wednesday 29 July. This show combines all the fun of total audience participation with the incredible abilities of the mind, turning the traditional hypnosis show on its head.  Matt Hale is one of Australia’s finest comedy stage hypnotists and has designed his...
    • 30
      Jun
      A 26-Storey Treehouse grows at Empire Theatre
        A bestselling Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton series will come to life once again at the Empire Theatre when The 26-Storey Treehouse takes the stage on July 20. This original stage adaptation follows the highly successful stage production of The 13-Storey Treehouse, performed at the Empire Theatre during the 2014 season.   Much loved characters, Andy and Terry return, along with their friend J...
    • 23
      Jun
      Indiana Jones meets Mozart in The Magic Flute
      The Indiana Jones-inspired tale of adventure is heading to the Empire Theatre on July 16 for  Opera Australia’s brand new production of The Magic Flute. A spirited Egyptian adventure will see twelve Opera Australia singers join a local children’s choir under the baton of conductors Simon Kenway and Paul Fitzsimon. The Magic Flute follows the journey of two young couples, where new strengths are ...
    • 16
      Jun
      Squaring the Wheel brings fun to School Holidays
      The Armitage Centre will host a unique children’s theatre experience these school holidays with the incredible one-man-show Squaring the Wheel to be performed on June 30 and July 1. Squaring the Wheel combines circus, clowning, strange mechanisms and contraptions, puppetry, magic and music into an unusual, thingamabobbish theatre extravaganza. A flying broom, 17 balls, 34 metres of bent steel, 4...
    • 12
      Jun
      Miss Saigon to be performed in Armitage Centre
      The Toowoomba Choral Society is just days away from opening night of their latest production, Miss Saigon to be performed in the Armitage Centre from June 18-21. With more than 80 people involved in bringing the production to life, the show will be presented with full action in front of an orchestra and choir onstage. Set in 1975 during the fall of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an intense love story that...
    • 06
      Jun
      Curtain to fall on Mary Poppins this weekend
      Following the successful beginning to the season last weekend, the cast of the Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins have just two performances before the curtain falls for the last time. More than 80 local performers, crew and creatives were involved in the production as part of the on stage cast, backstage crew, singers and orchestra, led by talented local singer and dancer, Shannon...
    • 22
      May
      Dancer taps into professional experience for Mary Poppins
       When former professional dancer Justin Tamblyn heard that the Disney classic, Mary Poppins was to be brought to life by the Empire Theatre, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to be involved. Making his debut in an Empire Theatres major production, Justin has been cast in the lead role of Mary Poppin’s loveable friend and chimney sweep, Bert, a role known for its playful charm, and energetic pres...
    • 18
      May
      Mary Poppins to Open Next Week
      After months of rehearsal, the talented cast and crew of the 2015 Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins, are ready to raise the curtain on one of musical theatres family favourites. The Empire Theatres seven show season of Mary Poppins, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opens Thursday 28 May and runs until Sunday 7 June. Leading the large cast is talented local singer Shannon Gralow as...
    • 23
      Apr
      I am Jack brings anti-bullying message to stage
      The Empire Theatres present a thought provoking and poignant story exploring the damage bullying can inflict on victims with three performances of I am Jack. Based on the best-selling book by Susanne Gervay, I am Jack follows the story of Jack, a boy who is smart, funny and is being bullied.   It’s a powerful one-man show, which explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing and the...
    • 16
      Apr
      Melbourne Comedy Festival Travels to the Empire Theatre
      The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again with a huge night of laughs at the Empire Theatre on May 16. Featuring some of the best from one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is night of hilarity not to be missed. Now in it’s 17th year, the Roadshow brings some of the best home-grown talent and international comedians...
    • 15
      Apr
      Everything Must Go Tours Toowoomba and Regional Areas
      Audiences from the Toowoomba region and beyond have the opportunity to see the comedic and unique story of a misfit finding her way come to life on stage when it tours the Darling and Southern Downs. Appearing in the Empire Church Theatre on Wednesday 29 April, Everything Must Go will also travel to Clifton, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Warwick, Yarraman, Cambooya, Miles and Oakey. Written and performe...
    • 15
      Apr
      Mary Poppins Rehearsals Take Flight
      Rehearsals for the Empire Theatre’s 2015 major production, Mary Poppins are well underway with both cast and crew working towards the opening night of May 28. Director and Choreographer, Alison Vallette said the talented cast were doing a fabulous job piecing the show together. “Every member of this production brings individual skills to the stage, so a very complex depth is already developing wit...
    • 02
      Apr
      Queensland Ballet Brings Delightful Mayhem to Toowoomba
      After a sellout season in Brisbane last year, Queensland Ballet’s acclaimed production of Coppélia will be performed at the Empire Theatre on May 1. This new production choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s Greg Horsman, delighted Brisbane audiences last year with its engaging story of young love. Horsman has brought his unique style and approach to this production of Coppélia, one of the most ...
    • 19
      Feb
      Bushranger Story gets a new twist on Empire Stage
      The story of Australia’s most famous bushranger will take to the Empire Stage on Wednesday, March 18, with a unique quick- fire drama starring some Queensland’s finest actors. Written by Queensland playwright Matthew Ryan, Kelly had its world premiere season in 2012 as part of Queensland Theatre Company’s mainstage program, and won critical acclaim. Three of Brisbane’s finest actors will bring t...
    • 01
      Dec
      Mary Poppins Creative Team Announced
      The Empire Theatre is pleased to announce the talented creative team which will be responsible for bringing to life the classic family favourite, Mary Poppins from May 28- June 7 next year.  Leading the team as Director/Choreographer is Alison Vallette, who is no stranger to the Empire Theatre stage, having directed the very successful Hairspray in 2013, Cats in 2009 and choreographing The Phantom...